Cals rampside finished
restored 1961 Corvair rampside, exterior & interior views as well as engine
& suspension, restored & narrated by Cal Clark, Clark's corvair parts,
www.corvair.com, also watch "rampside in parts"
1963 CHEVY CORVAIR 95 RAMPSIDE -- THE CORVAIR PICKUP TRUCK
Corvair, Chevrolet's first compact car, featured a rear-mounted, air-cooled
engine like the VW Beetle. Chevy followed the German company's lead further
by turning the Corvair into a van and a pickup with the 1963 Chevrolet
Corvair 95 Rampside Pickup. Conversion from a sedan to a van/pickup
involved moving the driver seat forward over the front wheels. Total length
stayed at 180 inches, but wheelbase actually shrank from 108 to 95 inches.
The commercial series was badged "Corvair 95" for its wheelbase. Three
models were offered -- Corvan, Loadside, and Rampside. The Corvan was a
panel van. The Loadside was a pickup with conventional double-walled box
and rear tailgate, while the Rampside added a door on the right side of the
bed that folded down to form a ramp. Unique to Corvair, this feature
allowed heavy loads to be rolled instead of lifted into the bed, and
Chevrolet sales literature never missed a chance to illustrate it. The top
edge was covered with rubber to protect it when lowered to the ground or
The cargo bed was longer than a conventional truck's bed, but wasn't level.
The rear half of the floor had to be raised to clear the engine. Corvair
95 sales never took off and pickups were never as popular as Corvans. The
1963 Rampside listed for $2,212 when new, but found only 2,046 buyers.
Like the Chevy Corvair, this Corvair 95 Rampside pickup is unique and is a
rarity to find one today. Thanks very much for viewing this Corvair 95
Rampside pickup truck.
Vintage: The Chevrolet Corvair | Drive it!
In 1959 the Corvair became the first rear-engine production car made in
America - and Chevrolet's answer to the VW Bug. By American standards, the
Corvair was very small (4.50 meters long) and unusually light (weighing
around 11 hundred kilos). Drive it! discovered a number of specimens of
what is a very rare American in Europe. More Information: